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Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Campaigning for Backyard Chickens in Alexandria

Campaigning for Backyard Chickens in Alexandria

Did you know it’s legal to raise chickens in Del Ray? Legal, that is, if you have a lot large enough for your coop to stand 200 feet from your neighbor’s yard, which pretty much makes everyone who currently has chickens (and yes, there are a few!) in violation of the law. But a movement is gaining steam to modify that ordinance to align with our typical small lot sizes. A group that calls themselves “Hens of Alexandria” has created an online petition as a first step in changing the ordinance. As soon as they get 500 signatures, they’ll deliver the petition to the Alexandria City Council. They’re proposing that they city allow 1 chicken hen per 1,000 square feet of lot size and at least 4 feet from a property line, unless space is shared with a neighboring property of mutual consent. Roosters are not permitted. You can find more information on this campaign on their flyer, such as benefits, concerns, and more facts about backyard chickens. These...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 | 1 comment

Silly or Stern: Signs to Curb Your Dog

Silly or Stern: Signs to Curb Your Dog

Del Ray has a reputation for being very dog friendly. There’s a joke here that if you move to town, you’re issued a dog and a baby. Everyone has to do their part to clean up after their dogs, of course, but many residents here like to post reminders in their yards. We’ve been collecting photos of the many variety of signs around town, some very stern and serious, others playful and cute. Do they work? Opinions...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 | 2 comments

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

Del Ray is a dog friendly neighborhood filled with furry friends. When their owners are busy at work, many are cared for by a dog walker like Stephanie. Stephanie is one of the many dog walkers from DoggyWalker.com. One warm afternoon, Stephanie let me join her on a walk with one of her clients, Mica. Del Ray is filled with places to walk a dog. Stephanie walks along paths, parks, and through neighborhood streets with her clients. She starts at 11 am and continuously picks up dogs throughout the day. What a great way of getting exercise! She spends most her day outside, walking. She walks from seven to eight miles a day (she counts her steps). As she walks, Mica gets a chance to sniff around and meet other dogs. There are plenty of opportunities for Mica to stay hydrated as she walks in dog friendly Del Ray. Being a dog walker is a great career choice for someone who enjoys being outdoors. Stephanie gets to spend her...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 | 0 comments

The Morning Regulars at Simpson Dog Park

The Morning Regulars at Simpson Dog Park

I’m sure that dog parks everywhere have their morning regulars, the people who bring their dogs to the off-leash park at the same time each morning, like clockwork. I often stop for a visit to the Simpson off-leash park with my Star (the dog in a “play bow” in the photo below) after dropping my daughter off at school. We humans enjoy greeting and chatting with each other of course, but the main attraction for all of us is watching our dogs romp and play. We enjoy seeing each pup – large and small – come bounding into the park to meet their friends. There’s Zoe, Alice, Dino, Dakota, Wally, Star Jackson, Puppy, Soba, Sophie, Cash and a few others who weren’t there the day I had my camera –  each one a tried-and-true Simpson Park morning...

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 | 1 comment

A Nepalese Tradition Comes to Del Ray

A Nepalese Tradition Comes to Del Ray

When photos of adorable dogs in Nepal decked in marigold garlands appeared in the news earlier this year, we thought it would be great to do something similar in Del Ray. After all, Del Ray is a haven for dogs. We imagined a parade of Del Ray dogs through town. On September 20, we honored Del Ray dogs in the Nepalese tradition called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja, the worship of dogs. While in the initial planning phase for the event, our friends at doggiewalker.com referred us to local Del Ray resident and dog lover Susan Walke. Susan lived in Nepal and participated in Kurkur Tihar so she had first-hand knowledge about how it works and strong ties to the local Nepalese community in our area. Several Nepalese community leaders celebrated with us and even donated all the marigold garlands that adorned each dog. We met at the Del Ray “Pocket Park” on the corner of E. Del Ray and Commonwealth Ave. where the dogs had a chance to...

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